Sunday, September 15, 2013

Retail Review #66 (10/11 Pinnacle Blaster)


Pinnacle's been a product I have opened up a lot of here on Retail Review. At its current price, it is a very good break. There seems to be a lot of Pinnacle blasters still available on the market for collectors to get their hands on. It's a perfect product for collectors on a budget, or who want a quick and inexpensive break to fill that desire to break some product.



Price - 
$6.95

Packs - 8
10/11 Pinnacle Packs

The stated price printed on the front of the blaster is $19.99, but nope... that's absolutely not what I paid for it! This blaster was only $6.95 from dacardworld.com - a really good deal! I have found that these blasters usually produce a hit (a jersey card more often than not), and a few rookies and inserts. Twenty dollars is a bit much to pay, and I would never pay that much for one of these, but it's current price is almost a no-brainer! It's less than most packs you can buy that don't guarantee a hit or the amount of cards.

At a touch under seven dollars, this blaster is great fun. You get eight packs at ten cards per. For newer collectors, this is a generous amount of cards to look over and enjoy after ripping the packs. This blaster provides a really nice experience to learn about the players featured on the cards. For those who don't know, Pinnacle ditches the stats in favor of a player write-up on the back. For new hockey fans or collectors, this is a great way to find out about the game and the athletes who play it.

Let's break into this blaster and see what pops out:


Review -
This Pinnacle break was definitely an enjoyable one. The only thing I didn't like about it was that the cards were every-which-way inside the packs. That's just a little nit-pick though. As I mentioned in the video, Pinnacle has some outstanding photography on their base cards. I think Pinnacle was one of the first Panini brands to really use outstanding and unique photographs intentionally. The player images are really fun, and I think people new to collecting would be pleasantly surprised at these photos. I know if I were new to buying cards, I'd just expect regular action shots, not players in santa hats, candid moments, or shown off the ice.

Two rookies came out of this blaster - Travis Hamonic and Steven Kampfer. Neither rookie is a big name, so that was a bit disappointing. The Kampfer rookie did feature the Nufex foil technology on it, which was cool.

My other hits and inserts made the top three. Here they are:

Top 3 Cards


#3 - Henrik Zetterberg/Pavel Datsyuk Chemistry on Canvas Card No. 13
The idea behind the Chemistry on Canvas cards is a good one. I like the fact that it shows two players from the same team who work well together. My only beef with this card is that I feel the images of the players is too far apart. That's just a personal preference though. Otherwise, getting a card with both Datsyuk and Zetterberg is pretty cool - a couple very respectable and great players.


#2 - Jonathan Quick/Martin Brodeur Team Pinnacle Card No. 12
I'm pretty happy any time I get Team Pinnacle cards. When I was younger, I always wanted to pull them out of Pinnacle packs... they were so hard to get!!! These ones are not so difficult, but I think my old memories help these along in terms of my affinity towards them. This particular card is nice as it features a couple outstanding goalies, Jonathan Quick and Martin Brodeur.


#1 - Zdeno Chara City Lights Card No. 3
I'm always happy to get a hit in a blaster... even if it's pretty much guaranteed! Zdeno Chara is a beastly hockey player, so it's a nice card. I especially like the fact that it has serial numbering on the back. That little detail is sweet for such a highly produced product such as Pinnacle.

Overall Value -
Under seven dollars. That's really all I have to say! It's a very good deal for a fun break. Having to order if from dacardworld.com may be a bit of a hassle as it doesn't give you immediate gratification, but it's still worth it in my opinion - especially if you can add it to an order you are already making. Oh man, it's be awesome if these were at this price at the retail store! If only, right?!? I definitely recommend a blaster or two of these if you haven't given them a chance yet!

Let me know what you thought of this break in the comment section below. Have you ever pulled anything good out of one of these? I'd love to hear about it.

Overall Value Score:
7/10

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